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Ambulance service boss warns bed shortages are harming patients

Steve Wheaton of West Midlands Ambulance Service has said nearly 2,000 ambulances had waited more than an hour in March.Patients in the West Midlands are suffering as hospital bed and staff shortages mean ambulances cannot unload patients, a senior ambulance boss says. He said the situation was the worst he had known in his 20 […]

Hunt criticises health trust for bullying whistleblower

The Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt, has criticised a hospital trust’s actions after a gagging order was broken to raise concerns about patient safety.Gary Walker, a former chief executive at United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust, broke the order when he was interviewed by the BBC. Lawyers for the trust then warned him he would have to repay […]

Stafford Hospital- the scandal that shames the NHS PT2

For those whose relatives were deprived of care and even food and drink at the Stafford Hospital it was difficult to understand why there were so few nurses to tend to patients.They could little imagine that in August 2005 in the hospital trust’s executive offices, a board led by Martin Yeates had decided to embark […]

Stafford Hospital- the scandal that shames the NHS PT1

The scandal at Stafford Hospital shames the National Health Service.Hundreds of hospital patients died needlessly. In the wards, people lay starving, thirsty and in soiled bedclothes, buzzers droning hopelessly as their cries for help went ignored. Some received the wrong medication; some, none at all. Over 139 days, the public inquiry into the Stafford hospital […]

Thousands wait more than four hours to be seen in A&E

The number of patients left to wait up to 12 hours for an emergency hospital bed rose by almost a third in the first six months of the year, according to official figures.Almost 67,000 patients admitted to A&E departments could not be seen for between four and 12 hours amid concerns thousands had to wait […]

Nanny state wants to ban the Great British Fryup Breakfast

Nanny state government targets are putting the great British Breakfast under threat.For many, a plate of bacon, sausage and eggs makes the perfect start to a buzy day. But Government nanny state targets are about to put the great British breakfast under threat. Butchers and other food retailers say health diktats to reduce salt levels […]

NHS Hospitals cutting operations while waiting times rise

Hospitals are cutting back on routine operations like hip and knee replacements as the NHS budget freeze starts to take effect while waiting times are beginning to rise, new figures show. A survey of more than 60 hospital trusts has found that they carried out almost 11,000 fewer planned or ‘elective’ operations in 2010 than […]

Patients at risk as health trusts cut out of hours care

One in four NHS trusts has cut spending on out of hours care, new figures disclose. At least 20 trusts have reduced their budgets for doctors to visit patients in the evenings and at weekends by a total of £4million. The cuts in after-hours budgets led to warnings of a repeat of the case of […]

NHS waiting times increasing after targets scrapped

Tens of thousands of GPs’ patients are now waiting more than 18 weeks from referral to treatment following the Government’s decision to scrap performance management of the flagship target. The number of patients missing out on treatment within 18 weeks of referral jumped by 15% between July and September this year, after PCTs were released […]

Emergency patients let down by labour targets, say surgeons

Emergency patients are being let down by the health service because managers are more concerned with meeting targets by treating those with appointments, the heads of Royal Colleges warn. In a letter to The Daily Telegraph, some of the country’s most senior doctors say they are “deeply frustrated” at the low priority given to Accident […]